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Colo. Officer Struck, Killed by Drunk Driver

May 29, 2012  | 

Englewood PD's Officer Jeremy Bitner. Photo: EPD
Englewood PD's Officer Jeremy Bitner. Photo: EPD

Englewood (Colo.) Police Officer Jeremy Bitner has succumbed to injuries suffered when he was struck by a drunk driver during a traffic stop.

Officer Bitner passed away Tuesday, a day after he and a motorist were struck by a vehicle driven by Conor Donohue. Donohue, 20, is accused of driving drunk near the intersection of South Broadway Street and East Belleview Avenue Monday morning.

Donohue fled the scene, but was pulled over later. The family of Kevin Montoya, 20, said their son is improving after also being struck, reports 9News.

A criminal justice professor familiar with the incident told 9News in a separate report that Officer Bitner may have been standing in the roadway too long during the traffic stop.

Tags: Traffic Enforcement, Officers Struck By Vehicles, Englewood (Colo.) PD, Duty Deaths


Comments (3)

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Bob@Az. @ 5/30/2012 11:07 AM

"..may have beeb standing in the road too long"?? I think the "prof" is full of BS. Your telling me this pos donohue couldn't see the takedowns flashing or the TWO vehicles? Want to bet this is his first dui? Hope they throw the book at this cretin. RIP Officer Bitner.

Dennis Wenger @ 5/30/2012 8:50 PM

Are you kidding me? They consult with a "Professor" and actually quote him as saying "may have been standing in the road too long"? DUH!! Hey "Professor", how about we place the blame where it truly lies and not mitigate the lawbreakers malfeasance?

Traces Gordon @ 5/31/2012 9:39 AM

As a former CJ student of Prof. Sandoval's, I am appalled by Prof. Sandoval's thoughtless comments that blatantly disparage the honorable service of Ofc. Bitner who gave the ultimate sacrafice. Perhaps Prof. Sandoval should return to his "safety zone"-a classroom, and continue to allow real professionals to do their jobs.

Finally, my deepest sorrow and condolences to the Bitner family, Englewood Police Department family, and Englewood community. You have lost a fine man. Fraternally, Officer Traces Gordon,Retired Englewood Police Officer (due to an auto accident)

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